Since I was staying for a week in Dubai, I thought I’d save an entire day to go out of the city and explore the capital of UAE–Abu Dhabi. I’ve always wanted to visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (yes, the same mosque Rihanna infamously did an impromptu shoot at). So to make the most out of the close to 2 hour transit from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, I got a whole day private tour from Dubai Private tours, an agency I found online. I don’t usually give shout outs like this but our guide, Sameh (pronounced as Sammy), gave us such an amazing tour I just have to give him a special mention. Out of all the guides I tried during my stay, he’s definitely the best. He’s accommodating, well-versed in English, super friendly and extra nice. All my questions about UAE and its culture were answered. I felt like I knew so much about the country after our one-day tour with him. Frankly, I can go on and on about how awesome he is but it’ll make this post extra long which might just annoy you so I’ll move on to the actual tour instead (without Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque which I’ll blog about separately.)
Move over leaning tower of Pisa, Abu Dhabi’s 160-meter Capital Gate building leans four-times more than the Italian structure that it’s now Guinness World Records’ furthest-leaning man-made tower’ in the world.
More skyscrapers at UAE! This was my view from Emirates Palace Hotel which you’ll see more of below. I’ve noticed that there seems to be a lot of buildings that have shiny and reflective facades like these. It kinda made me think if my Frency and Mercury sunnies are protecting my eyes from the sun or from these bright structures. Not that I’m complaining though. They’re beautiful…and so are my Frency and Mercury sunnies. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with the hip brand, Frency and Mercury is an eyewear brand established around 2005, designed by Eque M. and handmade in Japan. Each pair is made from Japanese Acetate and Pure Titanium which makes them light as a feather but durable, perfect for trips and adventures. Their designs are always bold and trendy too.)
The Emirates Palace Hotel is an actual palace originally built for the Sheikh of Abu Dhabi so its architecture is truly Arabian in nature–grand and rich. (It’s the second most expensive hotel ever built.) Once you go inside, you’ll feel like the entire place is glistening in gold. Some parts are actually made of real gold!
Our last stop was Ferrari World, the Ferrari-themed amusement park located on Yas Island, beside this mall–Yas Mall.
It’s clever that they made the theme park indoors, considering how hot it can get in Abu Dhabi. Ferrari World is largest indoor theme park in the world and houses the world’s fastest roller coaster, Formula Rossa. Since I was with my mom on this tour, we opted out of the rides and just enjoyed the view. If I did ride the Formula Rossa though, I’m not so sure I would’ve survived it at all!
These are just some of the places and photo stops we had on the tour. For those of you who are interested to get the same tour, the entire intinerary goes like this: drive through Abu Dhabi Corniche, Break water picture stop, visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Heritage Village, drive through Presidential Palace, visit Emirates Palace Hotel, Yas Island- Formula one track and picture stop at Ferrari World.
H&M hat | Ettika “C” necklace | Frency & Mercury sunnies (available at LS Pascual Optical Rockwell,
LS Pascual Optical Shangri-la Mall, and Vision’ary Glorietta 5) | Proenza Schouler bag | Forever 21 buttondown shirt | She Inside coat | Style Moi jeans | Stella McCartney flats